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Summer pilgrimages continue: Mount Carmel July 21

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Prairie pilgrimages are held each year, with the faithful celebrating at sites throughout the province, including several in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon.

Pilgrimages 2024 – More Information CLICK HERE


Mount Carmel Pilgrimage – Sunday, July 21, 2024

Statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel atop the shrine site hill, north of Carmel, SK.

Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, SK

The picturesque Mount Carmel pilgrimage site is located about 5.2 km north of Carmel, SK (west of Humboldt).

  • 9:45 a.m. – An Hour with Mary – Marian hymns, Rosary, Sacrament of Reconciliation);
  • 10:45 a.m. – An Hour with God’s family – Celebration of Sunday Eucharist with Bishop Mark Hagemoen presiding, blessing of the fields, blessing of the sick
  • 12:00 noon – An Hour with Our Diocesan Family – lunch (concession available) and quiet time with the Blessed Sacrament
  • 1:30 p.m. – An Hour with the Lord – Stations of the Cross (in groups), Blessing with the Blessed Sacrament

Bus to the Carmel Pilgrimage –  The Knights of Columbus are offering a bus service from Saskatoon to travel to the Mount Carmel Pilgrimage site (east of Humboldt) on Sunday, July 21, 2024. Travel time one way is approx. 1.5 hours. A 50 passenger bus (First Student) will be leaving Holy Family Cathedral, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon at 8:30 am, returning at 4:30 pm. The cost will be $15per person. $25 per family. There will be room for lawn chairs, coolers etc. Payment must be made at time of booking by calling/ texting Garry Maier at 306 221-5893 emai  garrymaier@outlook.com. Please book as soon as possible to ensure a seat.  Payment can be made by etransfer, cash, cc or cheque.

ARTICLE and photos – 2023 Mount Carmel Pilgrimage – LINK

ARTICLE and photos – 100th Anniversary marked in 2022 – LINK


St. Laurent Pilgrimage – July 15-16 / Aug. 15 / Sept. 8, 2024

Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine at St. Laurent, SK

The Shrine is located 12 km directly east of Duck Lake on grid road; or take the road from the statue landmark on Highway 11.

Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine at St. Laurent, SK, holds pilgrimage events through the summer.

Novena before the pilgrimage – July 6 to 14 (7 p.m.) – (Click here for Poster)

July 15-16 PILGRIMAGE – “Mary, Mother of Hope”

Monday, July 15, 2024 at St. Laurent – (Click here for Poster):

  • 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Workshop on how to pray the Rosary in Cree (Log Church)
  • 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 v – Holy Hour-Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Chaplet of Mercy, and prayer
  • 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 v – Speaker – Bishop Stephen Hero, Diocese of Prince Albert
  • 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Supper
  • 7:00 p.m. Examination of Conscience followed by confession until 8:00 p.m.
  • 7:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. -Marian Time of Prayer – Scriptural Rosary, music
  • 8:30 p.m. Celebration of the Eucharist with Bishop Stephen Hero, Priests, and Deacons
  • 9:45 p.m. Torchlight procession to the Arch for the blessing then to the Log Church for Adoration until 11:00 p.m.

Tuesday, July 16, 2024 at St. Laurent – (Click here for Poster):

  • 9:00 a.m. Mass in Cree with Fr. Susai Jesu O.M.I. at the Imihew Aski-Prayer Meadow at the old Pieta site
  • 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  Mass in French with Bishop Emeritus Thévenot M.Afr. at the Grotto
  • 11:00 a.m. Mass with Bishop Stephen Hero, Priests, and Deacons at the Grotto
  • 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. Lunch
  • 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.  – Speaker – Bishop Stephen Hero, Diocese of Prince Albert
  • 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Anointing of the Sick at the Grotto
  • 3:30 p.m.  Way of the Cross at the Grotto

August 15  – Feast of the Assumption (Click here for Poster)

  • 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – Examination of conscience and confessions at the Grotto
  • 7:00 p.m. – Exposition of Blessed Sacrament and Chaplet of Divine Mercy at the Grotto
  • 7:30 p.m. – Marian devotion at the Grotto
  • 8:00 p.m. – Celebration of the Eucharist with Bishop Stephen Hero, Priests, and Deacons
  • 9:15 p.m. – Torchlight procession to the Arch for the blessing then to the Log Church for Adoration until 11:00 p.m.

September 8 – Birthday of Blessed Virgin Mary (Click here for Poster)

  • 6:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. – Priests available for confessions at the Grotto
  • 6:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. – Rosary / bouquet offering at the Grotto (everyone is welcome to bring a rose for Mary, or available at the Candle Booth for $2 each on a first-come, first-serve basis
  • 7:00 p.m. – Celebration of the Eucharist with Bishop Stephen Hero, Priests, and Deacons at the Grotto
  • 8:00 p.m. – Birthday cake and coffee at the Food Booth

Find more details about events at St. Laurent online at: www.padiocese.ca/st-laurent-shrine or at www.saintlaurentshrine.com.

Donations to Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine greatly appreciated.

 


Saint Philomena Walking Pilgrimage (to the Rama Pilgrimage) – Aug. 11-14, 2024

The Saint Philomena Walking Pilgrimage is a supported walk; rest stops and meals are provided and a trailer carries camping supplies between nightly stops. Pilgrims are invited to join in all of the walk, a few steps, or anything in between. The pilgrimage starts at St Mary Parish in Yorkton and ends at Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine at Rama on Aug. 14 for the Vigil of the Assumption of the Blessed Version Mary.

View a video about the walking pilgrimage: LINK

For more information  visit the website at www.stphilomena.ca, or telephone Dave or Bev at (306) 728-5525 or e-mail: dave@stphilomena.ca. Registration deadline: Aug. 4.

 


Rama Pilgrimage August 14-15, 2024

Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine at St. Anthony Church, Rama, SK

Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes at St. Anthony Church, Rama, SK

The Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine site is located at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 104 – 1st St N, Rama, SK  – which is east of Wadena on Highway 5.

Monday, August 14 – Vigil of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary – 

  • 3:00 p.m. – Chaplet of Divine Mercy – Grotto
  • 3:15 p.m. – Stations of the Cross
  • 4:30 p.m. – Supper (book ticket 306-593-6120)
  • 6:00 p.m. – Hymns of Praise to Mary
  • 6:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. – Confessions
  • 8:00 p.m. – Celebration of Holy Eucharist (Living Rosary, candlelight procession, exposition of Blessed Sacrament, Adoration)

Tuesday, August 15 – Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

  • 8:30 a.m. – Morning Devotional Prayers in Polish (Church)
  • 9:00 a.m. – Mass in Polish (Church)
  • 10:00 a.m. – Divine Liturgy in the Byzantine Rite
  • 11:00 a.m. – Final Mass (Anointing of the sick and aged, blessing for plenary indulgence, blessing of religious articles
  • 12:30 p.m. – Lunch after final Mass, book ticket at 306-593-6120

The schedule and more information can be found at www.Ramashrine.ca.

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Pilgrimage to Millennium Pro-Life Cross – Sept. 8, 2024

The Millennium Pro-Life Cross is located 10.8 km northeast of Aberdeen on Highway 41.

The 22nd annual pilgrimage begins at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, with a living rosary and other prayers. Keynote speaker is Most Rev. Bishop Michael Smolinski, CsSR, of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Saskatoon. Fellowship and food to follow. (Bring your own rosary and lawn chair or umbrella.)

More information, including any changes because of inclement weather can be found at: www.prolifemillenniumcross.ca or the Millennium Pro-Life Cross page on Facebook. (Sponsored by the Millennium Cross Foundation, in partnership with the Knights of Columbus and the Eparchy of Saskatoon).

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Other pilgrimages – Archdiocese of Regina

CLICK HERE for information on Regina Archdiocese pilgrimages

 

Other pilgrimages – Eparchy of Saskatoon

Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy website – LINK

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Pilgrimages held earlier in 2024:

Blumenfeld Pilgrimage was held Sunday, June 9, 2024.

Our Lady of Sorrows Grotto at the Blumenfeld pilgrimage site.

Our Lady of Sorrows Shrine and Sts. Peter and Paul Church at Blumenfeld, SK

The Blumenfeld Pilgrimage Site is located 16 km south and 6 km east of Leader, SK. just off Hwy 21. Schedule:

  • 2:00-2:45 p.m.- Reconciliation (confessions)
  • 3:00 p.m. – Praying of the Rosary, walking from the outdoor prayer house to the foot of the Grotto
  • 3:30 p.m. Mass outdoors at the Grotto
  • 5:30 p.m. – Banquet and fellowship

News item and photos from the 2024 Blumenfeld Pilgrimage (LINK)


Grosswerder Pilgrimage was held Thursday, June 13, 2024.

St. Anthony Church, Grosswerder, SK

St. Anthony Church Grosswerder, SK

Annual Procession and Mass to this historic church in the western region of the diocese is traditionally held on June 13, on the Feast Day of St. Anthony of Padua.

(The church is located at: NW1/4-10-37-27-W-3rd – Eye Hill RM 382, SK.)

For more information about the annual event, please contact St. Mary Parish, Macklin, SK, at 306-753-2063.

News Article about 2023 Grosswerder event: LINK


Cudworth Eparchial Pilgrimage was held June 15-16, 2024.

Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows, Cudworth, SK

The Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows is a pilgrimage site in the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Saskatoon, located one kilometre south of the turn off to Cudworth on Highway 2 (the entrance road splits into three with the middle road leading to the shrine.)

Saturday, June 15:

  • 5:00 p.m. – Vespers & Anointing
  • 6:30 p.m. – Stations and Sermon

Sunday, June 16:

  • 9:00 a.m. – Walk from Holy Eucharist Church / Chaplet of Seven Sorrows (please park at the shrine, and transportation into town will be provided at 8:45 a.m.)
  • 10:00 a.m. – Matins & Confessions
  • 11:00 a.m. – Divine Liturgy / Water Blessing / Father’s Day Blessing
  • 1:00 p.m. – Lunch
  • 3:00 p.m. – Akathist to Our Lady

Related: Message from Fr. Gregory Hrynkiw about Monastery planned for Pilgrimage Site – LINK

For more information about the shrine near Cudworth, please see the eparchial website at: LINK

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Reward Pilgrimage – Sunday, July 14, 2024

The historic Holy Rosary Church at Reward, SK. is the site of an annual pilgrimage, as well as Masses throughout the summer season.

Holy Rosary Shrine and Church at Reward, SK is located 3 kilometres south of the hamlet of Reward, SK.

The pilgrimage was held Sunday, July 14, 2024

Reward Pilgrimage 2024 article and photos – LINK

Video – Highlights and Bishop’s Homily from Reward Pilgrimage 2024 – LINK

Mass will also be celebrated at the Holy Rosary site on several Saturday evenings over the summer at 7:30 p.m., including: June 29, July 27, Aug. 10, Aug. 24 and Sept. 7.

Donations in honour of God’s people, priests, sisters, pioneers and descendants are much appreciated. Anyone unable to attend who would like to make a donation toward the repairs of the church building, can send donations to Holy Rosary Shrine, Box 1536, Unity, SK, SOK 4L0. Tax receipts are available.

 

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Pastoral Appointments announced by Bishop Mark Hagemoen

By Bishop Mark Hagemoen's blog, News

Bishop Mark Hagemoen has announced the following pastoral assignments, updates, and changes, effective July 31, 2024.

Bishop’s letter – PDF

Pastoral assignments

Fr. Gregory Roth

Fr. Greg Roth, who has been serving as pastor at St. Peter Parish in Unity, SK, is appointed pastor at St. Anne Parish in Saskatoon and pastor at Sts-Martyrs-Canadiens Parish, Saskatoon.

Fr. Matthew Ramsay

Fr. Matthew Ramsay, who has been serving as pastor of St. Anne Parish in Saskatoon, is appointed pastor at St. Peter Parish in Unity, SK, and St. Michael Parish, Tramping Lake, SK. He will continue to serve as the Bishop’s Delegate for Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools Religious Curriculum and Spiritual Direction.

Fr. Francis Appiah-Kubi

Fr. Francis Appiah-Kubi, who has been serving as pastor of the Fox Valley cluster of parishes, is appointed pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Kindersley, SK; St. Joseph Parish, Eatonia, SK; Sacred Heart Parish, Eston, SK; and Sacred Heart Parish, Marengo, SK.

Fr. John Abban-Bonsu

Fr. John Abban-Bonsu, who was serving as pastor of the Kindersley cluster of parishes, is appointed pastor of St. Anthony Parish, Lake Lenore, SK; St. Ann Parish, Annaheim, SK; and St. Gregory Parish, Englefeld, SK.

Fr. Prosper Abotsi

Fr. Prosper Abotsi, who was serving as pastor of the Lake Lenore cluster of parishes, is appointed associate pastor of St. Anne Parish, Saskatoon. He will also work with the diocesan ministries office regarding catechetical faith formation programs for parishes.

 

Fr. Arnold Bolima

Fr. Arnold Bolima, who was serving as associate pastor at St. Anne Parish in Saskatoon, is appointed pastor at St. Theresa Parish, Asquith, and as associate pastor at St. Patrick Parish in Saskatoon.

Msgr. Don Pavilando

Msgr. Don Vito Pavilando, who was serving as pastor at Asquith and associate pastor at St. Patrick, Saskatoon, is appointed pastor at the Trinité parishes of  Sts. Donatien & Rogatien Parish, Prud’homme, SK; St. Denis Parish, St. Denis, SK; and St. Philippe Neri Parish, Vonda, SK. He will also assist with Hospital Chaplaincy and Hospice at Glengarda, Saskatoon.

Re-structuring and re-organization

Fr. Prince Sarpong

In addition to his present appointment as pastor of Little Flower Parish in Leader, SK, and Sacred Heart Parish in Liebenthal, SK, Fr. Prince Sarpong, will now also be responsible for St. Mary Parish, Fox Valley.

Sacred Heart Parish, Lancer, SK, and St. Mary Parish, Richmound, will continue to discern and determine their current viability and future status.

Departures

Fr. Greg Smith-Windsor

Fr. Gregory Smith-Windsor will be pursuing philosophy doctoral studies at St. Thomas Aquinas University in Houston, USA. Pastoral coverage for St. Aloysius Parish, Allan, SK, St. Alphones Parish, Viscount, SK, and St. Mary Parish, Colonsay, SK, where he has been serving as pastor will be announced in the near future.

Fr. Graham Hill, CSsR

Fr. Graham Hill, CSsR, will conclude his current assignment as pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Saskatoon, as the Redemptorist community withdraws service from the diocese of Saskatoon.  Pastoral coverage for Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish will be announced in the near future.

Fr. Daniel Louh, SMA

Fr. Daniel Louh, SMA, who has been serving as pastor of Sts-Martyrs-Canadiens, Saskatoon and the Trinité parishes at St. Denis, Prud’homme, and Vonda, is being re-called by his SMA religious community in the Ivory Coast.

“Please join in gratitude and prayer for all of these clergy and their ministries in our diocese. We ask for God’s blessings on them as they move forward to new assignments and endeavours,” said Bishop Hagemoen.

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National Family and Life Week 2024

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The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) invites the Catholic faithful to celebrate National Family and Life Week (NFLW), May 13 to 19, 2024.

This year’s theme, “Love hopes all things,” is inspired by the words of Saint Paul, the Apostle: “[Love] bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”(1 Corinthians 13:7). This theme, linked to Amoris Laetitia, a discourse on love by Pope Francis, guides us towards hope, a theological virtue that renews our relationship with God and others.

The CCCB Standing Committee for Family and Life and its corresponding Office have developed a pastoral toolkit specifically designed for the “domestic church” in our national context.

Each day of National Family and Life Week 2024 is built around specific themes, proposing prayers and activities adapted to different ages, cultures and circumstances. The kit includes a message from the CCCB President, as well as catechesis, prayer intentions, and daily activities for families and parishes, with quotes on Christian hope, and pastoral suggestions for a family and life Mass.

Concluding on the Solemnity of Pentecost, National Family and Life Week 2024 offers a special opportunity to ask the Holy Spirit to accompany us in this celebration of life and the family.

Family and Parish Prayers and Activities in English: NFLW 2024 – CCCB Resource    / En français: SNFV 2024 –  ressource de la CECC

Catholic bishops of Canada “Pastoral Letter to Young People” – new User’s Guide released

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A User’s Guide is now available from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) to assist those who work in the evangelization and catechesis of young people – including clergy, religious, youth ministers, religious educators, and families – in reflecting on the CCCB’s Pastoral Letter to Young People.

Inspired by Pope Francis’ Post-Synodal Exhortation to Young People, Christus vivit, the CCCB’s 2022 pastoral letter invites young Catholics in Canada to live their faith in an extraordinary way, encouraging them to strive toward holiness, and assuring them of the steadfast support and accompaniment of their bishops along their individual journeys of faith.

The new User’s Guide, along with the Pastoral Letter itself, a video and other resources, are all available in English and French on the CCCB website:

in English at LINK

in French at LINK

Diocesan seminarian ordained a deacon in joyful celebration at St. Mary Parish

By Bishop Mark Hagemoen's blog, News

Luke Tran Van Tam took another step on his vocation journey April 19, as he was ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons by Bishop Mark Hagemoen in a joyful celebration at St. Mary Parish in Saskatoon, where he has been serving a pastoral year.

Photos:

Vocation co-director Fr. Daniel Yasinski welcomes those gathered at St. Mary Parish in Saskatoon April 19, 2024 for the ordination of Luke Tran Van Tam to the transitional diaconate. (Photo by Kiply Lukan Yaworski)

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First reading: Jeremiah 1: 4-9. (Photo by Kiply Lukan Yaworski)

Psalm 118: “This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad.” (Photo by Kiply Lukan Yaworski)

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Second reading: Acts 6:1-7b. (Photo by Kiply Lukan Yaworski)

Gospel: Matthew 20: 23-28. (Photo by Kiply Lukan Yaworski)

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Vocation co-director Fr. Colin Roy presented the candidate for ordination. (Photo by Kiply Lukan Yaworski)

Bishop Mark Hagemoen hears the response of the People of God to the election of the candidate; “Thanks be to God.” (Photo by Kiply Lukan Yaworski)

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Bishop Hagemoen reflected on the role and the call of a deacon in his homily. (Photo by Kiply Lukan Yaworski)

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Promising obedience to the bishop and his successors. (Photo by Kiply Lukan Yaworski)

The candidate lays before the altar as the assembly prays the Litany of the Saints. (Photo by Kiply Lukan Yaworski)

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Laying on of hands. (Photo by Kiply Lukan Yaworski)

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Fr. Hoang Nguyen vests the new deacon with the stole and dalmatic. (Photo by Kiply Lukan Yaworski)

Handing on of the book of the gospels: “Believe what you read, teach what you believe, and practice what you teach.” (Photo by Kiply Lukan Yaworski)

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Bishop Hagemoen greets the new deacon and presents him to the assembly. (Photo by Kiply Lukan Yaworski)

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Gift procession. (Photo by Kiply Lukan Yaworski)

Offertory procession. (Photo by Kiply Lukan Yaworski)

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Fr. Phong Pham translates a message from Bishop Hagemoen to the parents of the newly-ordained deacon, tuning in to the celebration via live-stream video. (Photo by Kiply Lukan Yaworski)

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Deacon Luke Tran Van Tam expressed his thanks at the conclusion of the celebration. (Photo by Kiply Lukan Yaworski)

Fr. Kevin McGee, pastor of St. Mary Parish, offered concluding words of appreciation and affirmation of the new deacon’s pastoral heart. (Photo by Kiply Lukan Yaworski)

Video highlights:

Easter and Holy Week message from Bishop Mark Hagemoen

By Bishop Mark Hagemoen's blog, News

“Our Lord Jesus Christ offers the unexpected, ultimate, and final confrontation between light and darkness, death and life – abundant life – to the full. What we recall and witness again in the way of Jesus Christ is utterly amazing, astonishing, unbelievable!”Bishop Mark Hagemoen, Holy Week / Easter 2024 message

Video message:

Bishop Mark Hagemoen’s Holy Week / Easter letter is posted at:PDF of Bishop’s Easter Message

Find Easter Triduum schedules for many of our parishes at: LINKS

Text message:

Greetings to you all as we approach another Holy Week and Easter Season!

I always find that when I come to Palm Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week, I am faced with a sense of tension and dichotomy. What unfolds is the great and loving gift of God, meeting the tragedy and complexity of human longing coupled with human failing.

In Viktor Frankl’s famous work, “Man’s search for Meaning,” one of his quotes about suffering and meaning is: “What is to give light, must endure burning.”

We begin Holy Week – having experienced this past year the call to be light – but also to endure burning. Indeed, we have even been consumed. The challenges, the tensions and conflicts, the polarizations we have all experienced – in our world and country, our communities, and our families – have been very challenging and uncharacteristic of what we would call an acceptable normal.

And yet, the feature of tension has always been part of the Paschal Mystery. It is a key feature of the Gospel – and it comes to an apex in Holy Week when Our Lord Jesus Christ offers the unexpected, ultimate, and final confrontation between light and darkness, death and life – abundant life – to the full. What we recall and witness again in the way of Jesus Christ is utterly amazing, astonishing, unbelievable!

St. Paul in his letter to the Philippians sums up the unique response of Jesus Christ, who uniquely goes the wonderful, terrible path.

Firstly, He was in the form of God – He was God. Secondly, He did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, taken advantage of. Thirdly, He emptied Himself, taking the form of a slave. Who has ever done this? Especially when they had the unique ability to avoid or overcome? Fourthly, He was obedient to the Father’s plan to heal, redeem, and save the world  – all the way to the point of death, even death on a cross. No one with such status and ability has ever done this. This is why God exalted Him. This is why every knee should bend, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord!

Pope Francis has stated: “There are many people who admire Jesus: He said beautiful things; He was filled with love and forgiveness; His example changed history, and so on. They admire Him, but their lives are not changed. To admire Jesus is not enough. We have to follow in His footsteps, to let ourselves be challenged by Him; to pass from admiration to amazement. What is most amazing about the Lord and his Passover? It is the fact that he achieves glory through humiliation. He triumphs by accepting suffering and death, things that we, in our quest for admiration and success, would rather avoid…. Jesus did it for us, to plumb the depths of our human experience, our entire existence, all our evil. To draw near to us and not abandon us in our suffering and our death. To redeem us, to save us.”

The Pope concluded that the celebration of the Passion of Our Lord needs to move us from distant admiration of Jesus Christ, to amazement at Jesus, who demonstrates the greatest love the world has known – our salvation and new life passes through the wood of the Cross! Destruction meets new life; hell meets heaven; and death meets resurrection.

Let us ask ourselves: Why did Jesus die on the cross for us? Why did humanity crucify Christ? Do we still crucify Christ? If so, what does Christ show us as a new way?

These are questions that must be faced and asked. Don’t rush the answer… sometimes that is the problem. Let us ask the questions, and stay in the eerie, mysterious silence of the response of Jesus Christ on the cross, before rejoicing in the unbelievably good news of Easter.

A blessed Holy Week and Easter season to you all!

Most Reverend Mark A. Hagemoen, Bishop of Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon

Bishop’s Easter Triduum schedule:

Bishop Mark Hagemoen will celebrate the following at the Cathedral of the Holy Family (also to be live-streamed at saskatoonmass.com):

9 a.m. Palm Sunday, March 24
7 p.m. Chrism Mass Tuesday, March 26
7 p.m. Holy Thursday, Mass of Our Lord’s Supper, March 28
3 p.m. Good Friday Solemn Liturgy, March 29
7 p.m. Good Friday Stations of Cross March 29 – outdoors on grounds of Holy Family Cathedral
9 p.m. Holy Saturday Easter Vigil, March 30

Bishop Hagemoen will celebrate Easter morning at St. Paul Co-Cathedral (in-person only):

10 a.m. Easter Sunday Mass, March 31

Find Easter Triduum schedules for many of our parishes at: LINKS

 

Diocese will celebrate Chrism Mass 7 pm Tuesday, March 26

By Bishop Mark Hagemoen's blog, News

Representatives from across the diocese will gather with Bishop Mark Hagemoen for the annual Chrism Mass at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 26 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon. Everyone is welcome.

The diocesan Chrism Mass will also be live-streamed at saskatoonmass.com:

During the Chrism Mass, the priests of the diocese renew their commitment to priestly ministry. The Oil of the Sick, Oil of the Catechumens, and Sacred Chrism for use in the celebration of sacraments throughout the year will also be blessed by Bishop Mark Hagemoen.

All those interested are also welcome to join the choir at the Cathedral of the Holy Family on Tuesday, March 26. The choir will rehearse at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, before the Mass starts at 7:00 p.m.

Note:  Triduum and Easter Schedules for many parishes in the diocese of Saskatoon can be found posted at: rcdos.ca/lent-and-easter

The Sacred Oils:

  • Oil of Catechumens (OC): This oil, sometimes referred to as Oil of Salvation, is used to anoint the catechumens (those who are to be baptized) in preparation for their initiation into the Church. The prayer accompanying this anointing expresses the desire that Christ strengthen the person being anointed. This oil is also used in celebration of the baptism of children. It is a sign of belonging:  marking us as members of the Body of Christ.
  • Oil of the Sick (OS): This oil is used in the Anointing of the Sick. The prayer accompanying this anointing is: “Through this holy anointing, may the Lord in his love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy spirit. May the Lord who frees you from sin save you and raise you up.” This oil is used to bring comfort and support to the sick in their infirmity and to pray for healing. The celebrating of the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is a ritual moment that makes visible and present to the sick and to the whole community who we are as Church: a community of healing and support.
  • Sacred Chrism (SC): This oil includes a sweet-smelling perfume or balsam, added during the blessing prayers at the Chrism Mass. Sacred Chrism is used at the celebration of baptism, confirmation, the ordination of priests and bishops, and for the dedication of churches and altars. Sacred Chrism is also used in the blessing of bells and sacred vessels. Anointing with this oil signifies abundance of grace and dedicated service to God. The word Christ means “anointed one,” so being anointed with oil is a sign of the special and strengthening presence of Christ, the Anointed One.

 

Solidarity Sunday: Support for work of Development and Peace – Caritas Canada

By Bishop Mark Hagemoen's blog, News

Bishop Mark Hagemoen’s Share Lent message – LINK

The Share Lent collection for Development and Peace -Caritas Canada is held on the Fifth Sunday of Lent, March 17, 2024 – known as Solidarity Sunday.

Established by the Catholic bishops of Canada in 1967, Development and Peace – Caritas Canada addresses the root causes of poverty, oppression, and inequality by working with partners in the Global South and by mobilizing Canadians in the common struggle for justice and dignity.

The theme of this year’s campaign is “Reaping Our Rights”. As the website notes: “Everywhere on Earth, and especially in the Global South, impoverished populations are facing growing challenges due to climate change, land grabbing, resource theft, soil contamination and armed conflict. Rural populations are particularly affected by these upheavals, and Development and Peace — Caritas Canada supports them in defending their rights to life, land, water, biodiversity, justice, health, participation, decent livelihoods, a healthy environment and more.”

Use your designated parish envelope or donate online – LINK

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“Reaping Our Rights” Prayer Card –DOWNLOAD PDF

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Spring Congress March 13-14

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Inspiration and strategies to “Make Every Sunday Matter” will be presented by Fr. Simon Lobo and Fr. Isaac Longworth at the 2024 diocesan Spring Congress March 13-14 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road Saskatoon.

“Make Every Sunday Matter” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 13 is open to everyone — clergy, staff, volunteers and the general public. Come and be enriched and equipped to make a difference in your parish!

A special session for clergy only will be held the next day, 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, March 13.

Registration for both daysLINK to JOTFORM

Cost is $25 / day (includes lunch)

Encounter evening March 13:

As an added bonus, Spring Congress includes an “Encounter” evening from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 13 with worship, Eucharistic adoration, and a talk by Fr. Isaac Longworth, followed by a time of fellowship.

Registration for Encounter – LINK to JOTFORM

There will be an opportunity to make a free-will offering at the Encounter evening.

Ash Wednesday – Lent begins

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A list of Ash Wednesday celebrations at many of our city parishes:

For parishes OUTSIDE Saskatoon, or for those missing from this list, please check with your local parish. Find list of parishes and contact info at: rcdos.ca/parishes-mass-times-list

Download a PDF of this chart: LINK

SASKATOON PARISH Celebrations of ASH WEDNESDAY, FEB. 14, 2024

Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon (306) 659-5800  WEBSITE12:15 pm / 7:00 pm
Holy Spirit, 114 Kingsmere Place, Saskatoon (306) 374-1425 WEBSITE8:30 am / School Mass 10:00 am AND 1:00 pm / 7:00 pm –
Our Lady of Lourdes, 1235- 12th Street East, Saskatoon (306) 343-0289 WEB PAGE 8:00 am / 7:00 pm –
Saint Anne, 217 Lenore Drive, Saskatoon (306) 931-4700 WEBSITE12:00 pm noon / 7:00 pm
St. Augustine, 602 Boychuk Drive, Saskatoon (306) 373-3453 WEBSITE7:00 pm
St. Francis Xavier, 222 Willow Street (at Melrose Avenue & Hilliard Street) Saskatoon (306) 653-5126 WEBSITE9:00 am
St. John Bosco, 1202 Avenue O South, Saskatoon (306) 652-1045 WEBSITE7:00 pm
St. Joseph, 535-8th Street East, Saskatoon (306) 244-1556 WEBSITE5:00 pm
St. Mary, 211 Avenue O South, Saskatoon (306) 244-2983 WEBSITE – 9:00 am / 7pm
St. Michael, 18-33rd Street East, Saskatoon (306) 242-5150. WEB PAGE ( joint celebration SEE: St. Peter the Apostle below)
St. Patrick, 3339 Centennial Drive, Saskatoon (306) 384-1100 WEB PAGE10:30 am / 7:00 pm
St. Paul Co-Cathedral, 720 Spadina Crescent E. (306) 652-0033 WEBSITE12:10 pm / 7:00 pm
St. Peter the Apostle, 1121 Northumberland Avenue, Saskatoon (306) 382-5503 (joint celebration at St. Peter the Apostle with St. Michael Parish) WEB PAGE9:00 am / 7:00 pm
St. Philip Neri, 1904 Munroe Avenue, Saskatoon (306) 343-0325 WEBSITE7:00 pm
Sts-Martyrs-Canadiens, 1007 rue Windsor, Saskatoon – la paroisse catholique francophone (306) 665-1829 WEBSITE – 19h00 (7 pm celebration in French)
St. Thomas More Chapel, 1437 College Drive, on the U of S campus, Saskatoon (306) 966-8900

11:30 am Mass  /   4:30 pm Liturgy of Word with distribution of Ashes and Communion

 

SASKATOON PARISH Celebrations of ASH WEDNESDAY – Sorted by TIME

8:00 am – Our Lady of Lourdes
8:30 am – Holy Spirit
9:00 am – St. Francis Xavier / St. Peter the Apostle / St. Mary
10:00 am – Holy Spirit (school Mass)
10:30 am – St. Patrick (school Mass)
11:30 am – St. Thomas More College Chapel
12:00 pm noon – Saint Anne
12:10 pm – St. Paul Co-Cathedral
12:15 pm – Cathedral of the Holy Family
1:00 pm – Holy Spirit (school Mass)
4:30 pm – St. Thomas More College Chapel – Liturgy of the Word with distribution of ashes and communion
5:00 pm – St. Joseph
7:00 pm – Cathedral of the Holy Family / Holy Spirit / Our Lady of Lourdes / Saint Anne  / St. Augustine / St. John Bosco / St. Mary / St. Patrick / St. Paul Co-Cathedral / St. Peter the Apostle / St. Philip Neri/ Sts-Martyrs-Canadiens

 

 

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